The traditional food of the Netherlands has faced a lot of flak for being plain, simple, and perhaps a touch too bland for the international palate – but there are a number of restaurants in Amsterdam that prove those assumptions wrong.
Whether you’re looking for traditional stamppot, a hearty stew to warm the cockles after a cold day, or bitterballen, a deep-fried meat snack that is oh-so addictive when paired with a beer, we’ve found the top five Dutch restaurants in Amsterdam where you can experience Dutch haute cuisine first hand.
De Silveren Spiegel
De Silveren Spiegel brings a touch of class to Amsterdam’s culinary scene. Centrally located, this restaurant dates back to the 17th century when the lavish lifestyle of the Dutch Golden Age was in full swing. Offering a tasting menu served by an exceptionally knowledgeable staff, this opulent eating establishment offers a real treat.
Address: Kattengat 4-6, 1012 SZ Amsterdam
Price range: €14.50–€92.50
With a character from years gone by, D’Vijff Vlieghen offers a sumptuous dining experience with lavish décor including some original Rembrandt paintings and Delft Blue tiles. A la carte dining offers delicacies ranging from oxtail croquette to smoked goose, and there are differently styled rooms in which this delicious Dutch cuisine is served.
Address: Spuistraat 294-302, 1012 VX Amsterdam
Price range: €9.00–€80.00
This large restaurant has seven rooms of various sizes; the smallest offers space for 16 people, while the largest fits up to 66 people. The name Haesje Claes derives from a lady who, in the year 1520, founded the first orphanage in Amsterdam. Nowadays, you can sample the delights of a seasonal Dutch menu that features specialty items such as the famed white asparagus and mussels from Zeeland.
Address: Spuistraat 273-275, 1012 VR Amsterdam
Price range: €7.25–€29.50
Moeders, which means “mothers” in Dutch, is a cosy, welcoming restaurant that combines top service with delicious traditional Dutch specialities. Enjoy dishes such as stamppot, a mash of potatoes, vegetables and sometimes meat, as well as erwtensoep, a green pea soup with hearty pieces of bacon. Reserve a table in advance – though it’s been around for more than 25 years, this place shows no signs of its popularity waning.
Address: Rozengracht 251, 1016 SX Amsterdam
Price range: €5.50–€21.50
Café Loetje is a concept restaurant, whose original location is just outside the trendy De Pijp neighbourhood. What was once a billiards café is now a very successful and popular eatery serving amazing beef tenderloin and other steaks at various locations around Amsterdam. Most locations feature sprawling terraces, where you can sit for hours in the summer months watching the world go by.
Address: Various locations across Amsterdam
Price range: €4.75-€32.75